Category Archives: Reviews

NEW: Jussy B – “Auspicious”

Okay okay music bumpers, party goers, and internet hoggers I would like to present to y’all straight from Jussy B himself, “Auspicious.”

If this word seems foreign to you, no worries Mr. Bombness breaks it down for all the dummies I mean uninformed, unread people.

This is his new single from his highly awaited mixtape dropping soon!

If you don’t know who Jussy B is take some time to get to know this auspicious, young diamond mine of a rapper from the Bay Area.

But let me stop talking and let your ears be the judge…

“Auspicious” – Jussy B

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OFWGKTA Hype?

So I’ve been following the twitter beef that’s going on between Odd Future R&B singer, Frank Ocean and Chris Brown. Basically, Chris tweeted what to him was a compliment but to Frank Ocean, an underhanded comment. Frank Ocean fired back and things went downhill from there.

But that has nothing to do with the point of this post!

My question is, what is with all the hype with this Odd Future Wolf Gang… group? I mean, I just don’t see it. I’m all for young people getting their shine on and all but, these cats are a little too weird for me.

In all honesty, I want to know how many black followers they have? Not to put things on a racial note but, I have noticed that artists like Lil B and Odd Future have a large young, white (mostly female) following. Is that a coincidence, or what?

This is just an observation.

Bottom line, there’s something about OFWGKTA that attracts more white women people than black… Maybe this is just the new reality of “hip hop” music.

All I have to say is… Drugs will make you do some crazy things.

I’ll let you be the judge, here’s one of Tyler the Creator’s videos:

For My Spanish Peeps: Que Crees de Lo Nuevo de Don Omar?

Back again, still too lazy to post on Ritmo Mundial! I think this will turn into a regular thing!

Ok mi gente, yo quiero saber que tu crees de lo nuevo video de Don Omar titulado “Taboo”?

Para mi, es mas promocion para Fast Five en lugar de un video musical. Eso es normal dada la realidad que el esta en la película. Pero, mi problema de verdad con ese video es que el esta en Brasil pero (en mi opinion) ninguno del los actores y/o modelos parecen brasileño. Yo vi lo mismo en el video de Danza Kuduro. Para los que no sepan, Kuduro es un genero africano PERO en el video es sola una morena y ella es para atras aunque ella baile mas bien de las otras bailarinas.

Yo no se si es a proposito o que? Pero yo se que soy morena y en este industria, mucha gente le gusta tu ritmo, cultura, y muchas mas pero cuando tu quiere el mundo entero a ver tu y la gente que tu representas, es un problema. Vi un documental titulado “Black in Latin America” y el primer episodio fue en Republica Dominicana y Haiti. Yo se que hay muchas problemas entre estos paises pero lo que es mas rara es muchos dominicanos parecen negro, prieto, moreno cual tu quiera… pero no aceptan ese realidad. El sentido de este post es que hay cosas raras entre nuestra raza y los multiples culturas que lo componen. No quiero hablar mas… dime que tu crees de este video y mas la representacion de la raza latina.

Left My Heart Anywhere BUT San Francisco

If you don’t get the title then you’ve been obviously living under a rock.

So, today class I will be speaking about my hometown, San Francisco, California. There’s a lot of great things in this city but what comes up must come down so, there are some bad aspects as well. All I have to say before plunging into deep analysis is… everyone has a right to their own opinion but, not every opinion is right. With that said, if you are from, lived in, currently live in, or desire to live in San Francisco, don’t take it personal, I am just speaking from 16 years of experience. Also, I’m offering a perspective that a lot of sites on the internet will not. I am a young person of color. Most of those review things are from older, white males. No offense to you older white males out there but I’m just saying. There’s a big difference between you and me.

Okay, now for the good stuff.

So, I don’t really care for SF and here are some reasons why:

  1. Hills
  2. Random Hot Days
  3. Bicyclists
  4. 6th Street
  5. Smokers Downtown
  6. Everything Closes Early
  7. Hipsters
  8. Expensive
  9. Muni
  10. SFPD
  11. Did I forget to mention Hipsters?
  12. Everybody Knows Everybody
  13. Gentrification
  14. Lack of Culture (this is a recent epidemic)
  15. Segregation
  16. Stuck up people in Pac Heights
  17. Traffic after 4 pm
  18. tourists
  19. Not so great employment opportunities
  20. Bad schools
  21. No Starbucks in The Mission

Okay, so that’s just the bad stuff… but here’s some stuff I actually like.

  1. Fog (yes, I like the fog)
  2. everything is relatively close
  3. Trader Joe’s
  4. The Mission (but sometimes I hate living there)
  5. A lot of places to get food (it’s not all good but it ain’t that bad)
  6. Rainy Season in March
  7. The Castro

You see how the bad outweighs the good? Well, some may say I won’t find anywhere better but I have to disagree with that thought. When I have traveled to at least 10 cities, that’s when I can really pass judgment. Until then, I shall just speak on what I know well and best, San Francisco.

So, to all the people who read my tumblr rant on how I don’t see why people think SF is this wonderful, world-class city this post is a further explanation of my disdain. I see a lot of tourists downtown and I never get why they think SF is great after only looking at a couple blocks of it.

In conclusion, if you’re looking to move to San Francisco, I suggest visiting for a week and not staying in a hotel downtown. Stay somewhere else and let me know if you still feel the same. But I will say this, if you live in SF always take the time to go other places and explore. I know way too many people who are born and raised here and have never set foot outside the city besides going to Serramonte. And when I say explore, I do not mean go to Tahoe or Burning Man. I’m talking Sacramento, San Jose, Oakland. Other places in the Bay that are worth spending a day in.

I’m sure not a lot of people are going to read this BUT, to who ever does, I hope this was informative!

I’m Back!!!

I know y’all wondering when I’m going to stop saying, “I’m Back,” but then disappear and say it AGAIN! Look, I can’t answer that but what I can do is post mad stuff, tell you to follow me on twitter and tumblr, and my second blog.

 

Check these next couple posts out!

 

Thanks & Much Love

-unknwn

2010 Is a Wrap!

Hey internets! Happy new years eve, I’m some-what enjoying it at home with my family. Just wanted to make my LAST post of 2010 and thank you all for all of the hits I have received so far! GE.SF has been a success this year so let’s make 2011 even better!

Thank you 2010, though this has been the craziest year to say the least, Know the UNKNWN has been a great success and benefit!!!

Have a SAFE and FUN New Year’s Eve y’allllllll!!!

 

-unknwn

New Additions, Shout outs, & More!

What’s up internet fam! I’m here again with ANOTHER random post! This time it’s full of good news, usual shout outs, and other cool stuff!

So like the title says, there are some new additions to the Gradient Eyes crew!

DJ Bori and Spaz worked with us a few years back in the Fuego Podcast days so when they asked to get put on with the Know the UNKNWN blog and the Ritmo Mundial all-Spanish blog we was like, “Fa’ sho!” Anywho, DJ Bori just did his first post on Ritmo Mundial today and you guys will be seeing Spaz in the near future!

In other news, I would like to give a shout out to Callejera who’s been working hard to keep us updated on the whole Spanish music scene.  Also a big thanks to Big L Productions, BB inc, Public ENT, and all the others who support us on a regular basis.

Now I said I had some cool stuff for y’all right!? So, here at Know The UNKNWN I like to “Put people on…” which means I like to introduce people I know that have skills in music, art, etc. This person I’m “putting on” today is one of my fellow classmates! He has our official Gradient Eyes Productions & UNKNWN Ent. stamp of approval!

Here’s what Spaz & Bori had to say:

“Yo, my son! Y’all can’t say he didn’t go in!…” (Spaz)
“Man he killed it though. Definitely got the GE.SF Productions approval!” (DJ Bori)

Check it out for yourself & hit up that comment box with your thoughts!!

 

The Sexiest Shoes I’ve Ever Seen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was shopping online today (as usual!) and I saw a few pairs of shoes that are definitely SEXY! I mean I got chills when I saw a few of these… Mind that there are both Men’s and Women’s shoes here so I’m not going on my normal sneaker rant!

Enjoy!

ALIFE Everybody HI Flood Wine Color

So if you know me personally then you will understand why these are number one on the list! First off, I love the wine colored leather with the faded chocolate sole…perfect combo!

The On Fire Boot in Gray By Jeffrey Campbell Shoes

Now these boots right here are pretty sexy in my opinion! I mean come one! Look at the tinted gold buckles. It doesn’t get much better than this. Plus they come in black and brown too! You can never go wrong with a pair of Jeffrey Campbell’s!

Creative Recreation Cesario Sneaker Raw Denim

I’m a pretty big Creative Rec fan and when I saw these joints I was definitely considering buying them! The only thing that stopped me was that they look a little too masculine for my taste. Other than that these shoes are pretty nice. I really like the whole light tan leather section, it accents the chocolate and denim colors.

THE RAMOS Sherlock Holmes by KEEP

“Japanese milled bird’s eye body with plaid accent and custom gum cup sole.” Need I say more? I mean, take a look at anything from KEEP…. These shoes are not sexy they are on a whole other, more sophisticated level…they are beautiful!

Well that’s all folks! Hope you liked it. If you didn’t then oh well… Send me links to the stuff you like and maybe, just maybe, I will blog about it!

Get Smart. Buy Shoes. Only Sexy One’s Though.

-unknwn

Totally Random

So I know the posts have gotten a little sparse on here but bare with me. With the whole “Gradient Eyes: apparel” line coming out, I’ve been super busy. Wait, what? Did I just say Gradient Eyes Inc. is coming out with a line of apparel (for the slightly slow viewers, apparel means clothing…) -Yes GE.SF is the latest invention! I won’t talk about it much since things are under construction! By the way shout out to Damn Pigeon (pronounced Dom-P-jon), the rosaries is looking legit!

Anyways, I just wanted to make a totally random post…Shout out to everyone I go to school with! Black Diamond Gang all day!!!

That’s basically all I have to say. Oh, and if you click on the “Cool Stuff” tab…you’re gonna find nothing. Remember, this blog site is still under construction. Please check back later though. I’m probably going to put up any contest and giveaways info there!

Get Smart. Be Random. Black Diamond Gang.

-unknwn

Throw Back Thursday

What’s good y’all? I’m here to take anyone over the age of 25 way back. I’m talking 1990’s Bonita Applebum “You gotta put me on…” back! Took a bit of a break on the music but I’m back to hit you with some old school hip hop joints!

So, I have been soul searching lately and something told me to search “A Tribe Called Quest” in YouTube’s search bar. By doing so, I have found what I think is the most live playlist ever! There was some Digable Planets, Pharcyde, Gang Starr, Busta Ryhmes, and more. I was jammin’ for hours.

Anyway, here’s my top 5 throw-back joints from the late 80’s & 90’s. It’s super legit so hop on ’em quick! Don’t know if this is going to be a weekly occurrence but I will definitely be dropping in with some old school hip hop classics often.

1. Electric Relaxation – A Tribe Called Quest

2. Bonita Applebum – A Tribe Called Quest

3. Mass Appeal – Gang Starr

4. Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) – Digable Planets

5. California Dreamin’ – Dream Warriors

 

Of course I have more favorites but, I want you explore and find throw backs of your own.

-unknwn